Diary of a Chambermaid (2000)




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Based on the 1900 novel by Octave Mirbeau, 'Diary of a Chambermaid' tells the story of an alluring chambermaid who enters the service of an eccentric family in rural France.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Octave Mirbeau, Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carriere
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 20, 2001
20th Century-Fox

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Critic Reviews for Diary of a Chambermaid

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (3)

Sadly, the intervening decades seem to have weakened Mr. Bunuel's powers. His new adaptation of Octave Mirbeau's Diary of a Chambermaid suffers in comparison with the strange but memorable version Jean Renoir did with Paulette Goddard in 1946.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Second-tier compared to Buñuel's masterworks, this film is worth seeing because it is his.

Full Review… | April 3, 2012
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A wonderfully vulgar film from the masterful Spanish director Luis Bunuel, Diary of a Chambermaid is an adaptation in spirit of Octave Mirbeau's novel and Jean Renoir's 1946 film.

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Remarkably subtle and perceptive straightforward narrative on the rise of French fascism.

Full Review… | July 27, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Diary of a Chambermaid


This is another Buñuelian study on the rotten core of the bourgeois, but the fact that it comes disguised as a sort of household drama makes one have to look harder to see into his agenda. The always fascinating Jeanne Moreau and the glossy widescreen cinematography make it stand out among the director's other films, but I frankly prefer when he's having fun with his sardonic and sinister view of the world.

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

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amour fou?

Stefanie C

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fairly conventional and far from buñuel's best; it's a serviceable study of the foibles of the bourgeois and hypocrisy of small town life. moreau is always watchable. i'm interested to see renoir's version with paulette goddard

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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